Because the Ryder Cup only happens every two years and it’s a battle between the United States and Europe, emotions and passions run high. Between a controversial European captain and American captain’s pick Tiger Woods, there’s tons of news coming out of Wales this year. To keep track of the tabloid drama and the actual golf, here’s a summary to make your life easier. As Bubba Watson would tweet (if it weren’t prohibited by Captain Corey), [sic] #yourwelcome.
- A show of solidarity in the wake of Ryder Cup mini-scandal#467: Tiger vs. The Kid? A swipe at Tiger himself? A bizarre bet being called in? Whatever the reason, the European team arrived on the first tee at Celtic Manor this morning in McIlroy-style wigs. The BBC has the video. [BBC]
- Corey Pavin is viewed with a little suspicion ’round these parts. When he and Steve Pate donned Desert Storm baseball caps and proceeded to high-five their way around the dunes in 1991, many saw it as a watershed moment in Ryder Cup history: the beginning of an evolutionary chain that would end with the now commonplace ‘Get in the hole!’ douchebag. Maybe showing he hasn’t lost any of that famous fighting spirit, Pavin has had a golfing F-16 fighter pilot by the name of Major Dan Rooney address the team. By the way, who were Pate and Pavin playing that infamous afternoon at Kiawah? Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, of course! [@DickensonTimes]
- In case you hadn’t heard, or didn’t suspect as much– this Ryder Cup is going to be wet. Some pretty serious rain has hampered today’s practice [BBC] and more is forecast to fall over the next few days (raising the possibility of a Monday finish– yeah, I can’t see that happening either). Don’t worry, the money behind Celtic Manor (Terry Matthews) says his greenkeepers know how to handle whatever Nature throws at them: “First is drainage, second is drainage, and third is drainage. And if you forget anything, then more drainage.” The key issue seems to be drainage. [The Guardian]
- Golf’s answer to Patrick Bateman (TW) has been meeting the press again. The Mirror nicked one awkward exchange from many: “Tiger… you don’t win Majors any more, you don’t win regular tournaments any more and you’re about to be deposed as the world No.1 – where is the Ryder Cup on your agenda now that you’re an ordinary golfer?’ Woods tried to make a joke of it. That’s how he deals with impertinence, the new impostor in his life. Tries to laugh it off and make it about the questioner, rather than himself. ‘I remember you’re the same one that asked me that at the British Open,’ he said. ‘I hope you’re having a good week.’” [The Mirror]
- You know the way Padraig Harrington was in stellar form yesterday and about to blaze a glorious trail all the way through to the weekend? Yeah, about that: “the thousands of fans who braved the rain to watch Harrington play at Celtic Manor on Wednesday would have been left with a different impression as the Dubliner pulled his opening drive deep into the gallery left of the fairway. His second tee shot was also left of the target, albeit only into a fairway bunker, and his third would have found the water to the left of the green on the 189-yard par three if not for the wet conditions.” [PA]
- It’s not really Ryder Cup related, but what the hell: The Onion has struck again! [The Onion]